Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Holiday Cookies

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Hello everyone!
Today I am sharing what will be my last Christmas Cookies for this year but not the last ones for the Holidays. These ones scream party, fun, cheerful and celebration to me!

-       Cookie dough recipe. I am using my chocolate cookie dough recipe here.
-       Royal icing recipe here.
-       Ziploc bags.
-       Ivory Gel Food Coloring.
-       Scribe tool DIY here.
-       2 Green Sprinkles.
-       Ivory, Red, Orange, Green, Blue and yellow Gel Food coloring. I use Americolor Gel Food Color
-       Toothpick.

Here is a YouTube step-by-step video that shows you how I made them. Happy Baking!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY Christmas Bandana for Dogs!

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Poor quality photos. He was moving so much. Not big camera fan! I´ll roll with what I have =)

Hi everyone!
I have two doggies. Boy and a girl. My boy is a schnauzer; my girl is a rescue princess.  I love them, they are a huge part of my life, they are my furry kids, and I love when they look cute as well. Every time I take the to their pet´s haircut appointment they deliver with bandanas, and I love how they look. So, with that in mind I previously made a bandana, but it was time for me to try the winter or Christmas version!

-       Felts Santa´s hat from the supermarket. Or a piece of red felt fabric, and a piece of white felt fabric.
-       Scissors
-       Old bandana, for guidance.
-       Pen
-       Red, green, mint, white, black and gold acrylic paint.
-       Toothpick
-       Hot glue gun.

Step-by-step comes in this really easy and laid back tutorial below. I show you how I made mine in the confort of my pj´s on a sunday afternoon. (I wasn´t sure if I wanted to post it when I was recording it, but I loved the end result!) Happy crafting and merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Nail Art 3 in 1: Cartoon, French and Funky!

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It´s been forever since the last nail art idea I posted. The thing is, my nails are short, my hands aren´t the most good looking hands (for showing nail art that is) and there is a huge variety of talented nail artist with cuter hands (longer nails and nicer hands) than myself. But to be a bit positive with my hands and myself, I still like to create nail art and with it´s wort, sharing it. Here I am sharing 3 ideas onto 1 video:

Happy painting, enjoy!

For the fist nail art shown in that video:
- White on by Sally Hansen
- Red acrylic paint
- Toothpicks
- Four Leaf Clover by China Glaze
- Color Club in black
- Top Coat by Sally Hansen. I actually use the Nail Hardener as a top coat.

For the second nail art shown in that video:
- White on by Sally Hansen
- Black out By Sally Hansen
- Four Leaf Clover by China Glaze
- Toothpicks
- Red acrylic paint
- Show Stopper by Pure Ice
- Sketchy Character by Finger Paints
- Dazzle me by Pure Ice
- Top Coat by Sally Hansen.

For the second nail art shown in that video:
- White on by Sally Hansen
- Show Stopper by Pure Ice
- Red acrylic paint
- Blue me Away by Sally Hansen
- Four Leaf Clover by China Glaze
- Black out By Sally Hansen
- Black Acrylic paint
- Thin detailed nail art brush. I have a  DIY on that one, just search "DIY Thin Brush for Nail Art or Fine Details" on this blog, if you´d like.
- Blue me Away by Sally Hansen
- No Hard Feelings by Sally Hansen
- Top Coat by Sally Hansen.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Christmas Santa Bulb

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This has to be one of the easiest, yet most effective and cutter DIYs I´ve ever made. I love everything about it, but more than anything I love how affordable it is. I basically used this left-over christmas bulbs I´ve had for 2+ years!

- Christmas bulb. Any color and size works.
- Red, black and gold acrylic paint.
- Brush.
- BBQ stick.
- Satin finish.

Step-by step here. Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Ornaments

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I hope I am not running late for this, but I wanted to share some Christmas ornaments I made this year. I made a few of them, using different materials but everything is super affordable.

Christmas Trees and Candy Cane
These ones are super easy to make, made out of polymer clay and fast to make actually!

-       Polymer clay. I used Sculpey 3 brand.
-       Satin Glaze. I used Sculpey brand.
-        Piece of parchment paper
-       Scissors
-       Ribbon
-       Brush

Follow this easy step-by-step to learn how to make them. Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Merry Christmas Cookies

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Christmas is almost here, and what better way to enjoy the holidays with cookies that say: Merry Christmas.  I actually made these cookies last year, packed them individually in gift bags with pretty ribbons, placed my cookie bags on a very festive tray, in the middle of the table, and it was both a dessert and a pretty center piece to look at.

This year I am sharing the how-to. I don´t have any special skills or talents when it comes to decorating cookies that I think are different from any other person who likes decorated cookies as well, so, anyone can do them!

-       “Chocolate Cookie Dough Recipe” (*)  
-       “Royal Icing Recipe” (*)
-       “Rolling pin with spacer bands” (*)
-       Letters cookie cutters.
-       Small leaf cookie cutter.
-       “Scribe tool” (*)
-       Ziploc bags.
-       Gel Food Coloring in: 2 different shades of green, red, white, orange, black. I used Americolor.
-       Gold Disco Dust. I used from the brand Wilton.
-       Thin Brush.
-       Almond Extract.
-    A few items from this other post. 
(*) I have tutorials of those on this blog, just go to the Search bar.

The how-to is here. I divided the tutorial in 2 parts. (Otherwise, that would´ve been a 15-20 minute video, easily. Nobody aint got time for that!)

First Part: MERRY word.

Second Part: CHRISTMAS word.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Faux Stud Pearl Earrings!

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Hi everyone! I love making polymer clay accessories and jewelry in general, but I feel weird when I go out without earrings, especially to special events or on the weekends to have fun and such not that I do that often, but when I do, I like to doll myself up a bit. With that in mind and because I looove pearls, I made this earrings out of polymer clay a couple of months back.

And for weekdays I keep things pretty simple, but still I want to wear earrings, so for those days I made these other stud earrings.

Today, I am combining those two. I want to have faux pearl type earrings of all kind. Why faux? Because I cannot afford the real things, and because, if I did, I couldn’t settle with just one pair, you know what m saying!

-        1 pair of ear posts
-        1 pair of crystal or white rhinestones. The nail art type
-        Pliers
-        Epoxy glue. Or any glue that works well with jewelry items.
-        I foam block. Optional but if you have one, you will be thankful you have it!
-        White nail polish. White on by Sally Hansen.
-        Pearl nail polish. Well-cultured Pearl by Finger Paint

I think these turn out fantastic.. if I can say so myself. Check the how-to below and happy jewelry making!